Foodies are spoilt for choice these days for totally lickable content. Production values are so high these days that it makes normal food TV programmes redundant.
Here are my favourites atm:
Simply Dumpling by Mike Chen
Mike is a prodigious eater who travels all around the world, with a leaning towards Asian food but he does also feature other food like Mexican, Italian, and Indian food. What I like about him is that he’s honest and says when he doesn’t like something.
Here are some great Simply Dumpling vids to get you started:
The Food Ranger by Trevor James
Trevor focuses mostly on China and Chengdu, Sichuan. His Mandarin is fantastic (not that I know! but the reaction from street food vendors he speaks with is priceless incredulity). He overflows with positivity and he shows us lots of places we might otherwise never see. I particularly enjoyed his recent videos on travelling and eating through Pakistan, meeting super-friendly people, which made me want to visit.
Here are some juicy Food Ranger vids to tuck into:
The Pizza Show by Frank Pinello
Pizza is a serious business, both in Italy and in the US. Frank is a genial pizzaolio who makes classic thin Neopolitan-style pizzas in Brooklyn and in this show, he goes in search of pizzas worldwide, from Roman to Naples-style, to Chicago to NYC-style and all styles in between. The characters he meets are colourful and passionate about their craft.
Here are some classic Pizza Show eps:
Sam The Cooking Guy by Sam Zien
Sam cooks classic street food items in his home, indoors and on his ridiculous outdoor range cooker, with an eye on turning flavour up to the max. He doesn’t worry about making things from scratch and is happy to use shop-bought mayo, albeit the best Japanese mayo!
Here are some of the best Sam The Cooking Guy eps:
Worth It by Buzzfeed and hosted by Steven Lim, Andrew Ilnyckyj, Adam Bianchi
One of the most addictive shows on this list. The premise is 2 guys and a cameraman go in search of a different dish every episode, and try this dish at 3 drastically different price points, say pasta at $5, $20, and $100, and see which one is the most worth it at its price point. Steven is the exuberant, positive guy and Andrew is the dry, lyrical foil. Together with Adam, who says very little, the trio have created Youtube foodie magic.
Here are some classic Worth It episodes:
What are your favourite foodie Youtube channel? Let me know in the comments below!